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SCC Theatre Extending Winter Shorts Film Festival

WSFF logoDue to a large number of entries, Somerset Community College will hold an additional session of the 2012 Winter Shorts Film Festival on Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m.

The fourth annual Winter Shorts Film Festival will now begin on January 27 and will continue as originally scheduled on Saturday, January 28, beginning at 11 a.m. Events will continue throughout the day and culminate with an awards ceremony directly following the 7 p.m. screenings on Saturday evening.

The festival will feature original shorts films from Somerset and around the world. The event includes filmmaking workshops on Saturday. There is no admission charge to any of the events or workshops.

On Friday evening at 7 p.m., the festival will feature shorts of Kentucky interest. The screenings will include a documentary by Kentucky Historical Properties entitled Famous Cousins of Mine. Also shown will be local filmmaker Zach Bales entertaining documentary entitled The Amateurs Guide to Soules Chapel. Other shorts will include an entry in the teen category, featuring the landscapes of the Wayne County area by Erica Withers entitled Colors of the Fall Foothills. There will also be a short animated film and a comedy from Spain ironically entitled, Made in Japan.

Friday evening will conclude with a film shot in Somerset, Kentucky with local actors, entitled, Vindication. The film, produced by Blood Dove Studios, is a gritty drama that tells a story about a young girl who tries to escape the clutches of a group of thugs in a small rural area.

The festival will begin again at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28 with a selection of foreign films from Spain, Finland, Italy and Ireland.

At 12:30 p.m., there will be a session of entries in the teen category. Among the shorts there will be a documentary which focuses on the local Sheltowee Arts Festival. Another will focus on the Wayne County Heritage Festival. Both of these entries were shot and produced by Monticello teens Erica and Monica Withers.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, a local videographer will conduct a workshop on the process of green screening for film. The session will last approximately 45 minutes.

The screening of the official selections will continue at 3:30 p.m. with a selection of entries in the domestic United States category. There are entries from Ohio, New York, Florida, Tennessee, Missouri and Indiana. These offer a variety of shorts including an animates short, a gritty drama, a film which features a puppet zombie as its hero, a music video featuring a composition by Franz Joseph Haydn and a mocumentary entitled, Frankenstein of the Americas.

There will be a filmmakers forum at 5 p.m.. Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in this panel discussion about current issues in independent filmmaking.
There will be a chance for the festival goers to meet the attending creators of the entries at 6 p.m. when SCC hosts a reception for the filmmakers in the lobby of Stoner Little Theatre.

The Saturday evening screenings will present a variety of short films in all of the categories. An awards ceremony will follow acknowledging special merit in filmmaking and naming the best films in each of the categories.

You can get regular updates on the festival through Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winter-Shorts-Film-Festival/233437633360055.